This week in Numeracy, Highmoor have been learning to read and plot coordinates. We learnt to label the X and Y axes and as well as the saying ‘ along the corridor, up the stairs’ to help us get the coordinates in the right order!
On Friday, we began learning to translate shapes using coordinate points to help us. We started by carrying out one step translations then moved on to two step translations.
We have also been recapping the degrees of a turn this week. We revised the compass points North, South, East and West and the terms clockwise and anticlockwise. We then talked about the way we can use a clock face to help us visualise a turn. We discussed quarter, half, three quarter and full turns and the degrees of each. We went onto the playground and worked in pairs to make turns by following or giving instructions using this new vocabulary.
In Literacy we have started a new story writing unit. We have read the first two chapters of the book Christophe’s Story. Christophe is an 8 year old boy from Rwanda who moves to England with his family. We have had some indepth discussions this week about the way Christophe would feel and the difficulties he faces. We created character profiles for one of the unkind characters in the book and shared some fantastic descriptive language together.
In Science, our new unit is entitled ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ We began by investigating what blossom is. We went on a blossom hunt to see what we could find!
Back in the classroom, we spent time sketching some blossom. This encouraged us to take a closer look. We found out that blossom is a term given to small clusters of flowers that grow on trees or bushes.
On Thursday we looked in more detail at the structure of each one of these flowers. We identified the female and male parts of a flower and their functions.
Everybody worked hard on their homework this week and lots of fantastic Stonehenge models and cave art arrived in the classroom Wednesday morning. Children spent some time on Friday presenting their creations to each other. There were lots of interesting facts being shared.